World number three Elena Rybakina will take on Ons Jabeur, who is ranked three places below her, in the quarter-finals of the 2023 Wimbledon on Wednesday. The winner of this match will face either Madison Keys or Aryna Sabalenka in the semi-final. These two contested last year’s Wimbledon final, where Rybakina came from a set down to win the title. The Kazakh didn’t start this year’s grasscourt swing on a good note as she lost in the second round to Donna Vekic at the Berlin Open and dropped a set in her opening match of this tournament to Shelby Rogers. However, after breaking the American early in the second set, Rybakina powered to victory and hasn’t looked back. She has beaten Alize Cornet, Katie Boulter and Beatriz Haddad Maia in the lead-up to this one without losing a set, though Maia did retire hurt in the first set. Rybakina is now 37-8 for the year and 5-1 on the grass. Having spent under half an hour on the court in her last match, the Kazakh will be fresh and raring to go in this one.
Fitness issues over the last year had seen Jabeur fall out of favour coming into this tournament, but she has once again shown her class here and looks almost as good as she ever has. In the last round, she went up against the world number eight, Petra Kvitova, and took less than 65 minutes to overcome the Czech, losing just three games in the match (6-0 6-3). She beat Magdalena Frech and Zhuoxuan Bai in the opening rounds in straight sets but dropped the first set to Bianca Andreescu in round three. Jabeur’s record is now 20-9 and 5-2 on the grass. She has beaten Rybakina twice in the past, though both were on the hard court. She will be determined to avenge her last year’s disappointment in this one.